With some of the biggest clubs in European football sharing London as their home, the city of London is even more obsessed about the national game of football than the country as a whole.
This summer, the biggest event in the sport, the 2010 World Cup, is coming, and with England’s recent good form giving Three Lions fans reason to hope for their first world title since 1966, London is one of the best places to watch…short of a trip to South Africa.
England’s national football team has long frustrated its many fans, both here and abroad, by underperforming on the biggest stage. But under new manager Fabio Capello, the team of superstars like Wayne Rooney and Ashley Cole has taken on a new level of discipline. Could this be the year that England breaks its 44-year World Cup title drought? If so, it will be a great time to be in London, as the city and the whole country will be overtaken by the largest celebration you’re ever likely to see here.
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If you’re living in London, and want to watch the matches at home, make sure you switch to high-definition for the World Cup. Every goal, save and celebration will be brought right into your home in stunning detail. It really is the next best thing to being there. If you’re only visiting, or want to take in the spectacle of a crowd of English football fans, get yourself out to one of London’s many pubs. It won’t be hard to find a pub showing the matches – in fact, it may be hard to find one where the games aren’t being shown.
This year, there is also a new option for watching the World Cup. Certain London cinemas will be showing several matches in 3D for the first time ever. Combine the large crowd that can fit into a cinema with the huge screen and 3D effects, and it could revolutionize how we watch sports. Worth a try, I’d say.
The World Cup is the biggest event in football, and London will virtually shut down during matches, especially when England takes the pitch. If you’re in the city between June 11th and July 11th, make sure you take in a match. You won’t be disappointed.